Today I was perusing the Christian Science Monitor which I do regularly to look for blog-worthy articles. There were several articles about european or north american"white knights" who had or were continuing to found nonprofits which, according to the stories are now grassroots organization serving whatever community where they were founded.
My take-away: why do the boards of these organizations deserve any attention? Is nonprofit governance just a boring administrative-type function that isn't newsworthy? Why is it that there are generally only three lens from which nonprofit "story" about nonprofits are viewed: program activities and outcomes; founders/managers; how much money they make or have lost)?
Of course, these are appropriate lens, but I believe that a fourth lens offers equal learning and possible interest -- that about the boards and board members behind ensuring that the nonprofit knows where it is going, fulfills its promises and operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. There's a story here that needs telling.